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Counseling Center

The Florida Southern College Counseling Center staff stand in solidarity with those who stand against injustice, prejudice, and violence. The FSC cornerstone tenets,  “I will respect the dignity, value, and worth of all persons while learning from the differences in people, ideas, and opinions. I will respect the rights and property of others. I will demonstrate concern for others, their feelings, and our collegiate need for conditions that promote personal growth and academic success,” will continue to direct our course as we strive for change in this time of deep struggle.

If you need support, we have counselors available. To make an appointment, call 863-680-6236 or go to counsel@flsouthern.edu.

What to Expect

Whether you’re making an important decision, resolving a personal issue, or working through relationship difficulties, a few sessions of confidential personal counseling are often just what you need.

Our Mission

The Counseling Center strives to provide all FSC students who seek counseling services with the most appropriate and best available care that helps them maintain their emotional well-being in order to achieve their educational goals and fully engage in the campus community. Our goal is to help students develop self-awareness, recognize alternatives, and feel empowered to take charge of their lives. When crises do occur, it is our mission to provide timely intervention and garner community support to help alleviate any far reaching after effects.

Services We Offer

We offer full-time students time-limited counseling at no cost.

Services include individual, couples, and group counseling. We also provide crisis intervention, community resource referrals and follow up, campus outreach presentations for faculty and students and online psychoeducational workshops. Sessions are typically 30 to 50 minutes long and are held every ten days to two weeks. Appointments will be scheduled between 9AM-4PM. Each semester is considered a course of treatment during which the student and the counselor work together on mutually agreed upon goals.

How It Works

The Counseling Center will be offering primarily virtual telehealth appointments for 2020 Fall Semester

Your first appointment will be scheduled promptly, usually within 1-3 days from the day you call (863 680-6236) or email counsel@flsouthern.edu. You can also schedule appointments online. Allow approximately 30 minutes for your initial appointment. You will meet with one of our counselors to have your needs assessed and together determine if you’re appropriate for the counseling center’s scope of practice. If appropriate, students will be scheduled to complete an intake and start treatment with a counselor. If not appropriate for the center’s scope of care, the student will be referred to an outside community provider to best meet their needs. The counselor you meet with initially will follow up with you to make sure the referral was successful. Subsequent sessions will be 30 to 50 minutes in length. Students in crisis will be seen as quickly as possible.

Schedule Appointment

Occasionally we meet with students whose needs exceed what we can provide. These include students who require more time or more frequent sessions to meet their mental health needs, who want (or need) ongoing therapy, or who struggle to make progress on their goals for treatment. In addition, students who are unable to maintain their safety due to factors such as self-injury, active thoughts of suicide, or high risk substance use are beyond the scope of care of the Counseling Center. Counselors can assist these students in finding appropriate care within the local community whenever possible. Students are also referred to their health insurance provider and psychologytoday.com to find therapists in the area to meet their mental health needs.

Scope of Care Document

Mental Health Webinars for Fall Semester

Please visit any of our current webinar presentations covering a variety of topics regarding mental health.

Healthy ways to identify and manage stress and anxiety
Hosted by Joshua Matthews, Psy.D.

Every Monday at 11:00 AM

Building and Maintaining a Healthy Relationship
Hosted by David Aranda, LCSW

Every Tuesday at 10:00 AM

Know Your Limits
Hosted by Joshua Matthews, Psy.D.

Every Wednesday at 11:00 AM

Healthy Ways to Self-Care
Hosted by David Aranda, LCSW

Every Thursday at 2:00 PM

Anxiety & Stress: What's the Difference?
Hosted by Ashtan Madsen, M.A., Doctoral Intern

Every Wednesday at 2:00 PM

The Practice of Being a Mindful Mocsie
Hosted by Diana Bandes, M.A., Doctoral Intern

Every Thursday at 3:00 PM

Coping With COVID-19
Hosted by Kristen Weidmann, M.A., Doctoral Intern

Every Wednesday at 4:00 PM

Questions? Contact

Counseling Center

863.680.6236


Find us in the Thrift Building, First Floor

Emergency Resources

If you need immediate help for a serious issue, please call one of the following services.

National Suicide Hotline: 1.800.273.8255

Text For crisis intervention: Connect to 741741

Campus Safety: 863.680.4305

Additional Resources

Peace River Center:
863.519.3744
Peace River Center Website

Suicide Prevention App:
my3app.org